Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Salmon and Salad diet, day three

I sent a bunch of my friends an email which contained a link to a "diet" (HATE that word) which is, in essence, extremely low in sugars. Its nickname is the Salmon and Salad diet, and it has alot of sound wisdom and information on the website, confirming all the things my body and my research have shown me to be very true.

This was a weird weekend for us, with my husband being out of town, unseasonal pouring rain, and of course, almost no money--so I did not go buy anything very special, but did decide to implement this new --you know-- D WORD as smoothly and as mindfully as possible, without fretting too much about going off of it. I cant tell you how excited I am to go buy a bunch of beans and greens from farmers market this weekend.

Here are the changes I have made since Sunday: I will start from waking time and end at bedtime.

Coffee with no sugar or delicious poisonous powdered creamer. Yeah, black. Shudder. Woulda went down better with a donut, but alas, that would be sugar ;) I am switching to tea someday soon...

Eggs and fake sausgage, but with no toast. So yeah, you guessed it, that means no cinnamon sprinkles, no strawberry jam, no nutella.

For me, eggs are pretty nasty without a sweet drink, and so I had some DietPepsiMax with this. Pepsi max has ginseng! I know, I know, carcinogens, yadda yadda, Im tryin, here, folks. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Tons of water, just because.
I like lemon water--and squirt a big squirt of reallemon in my water. Tastes less like city sewage and more like something sparkly. In case you didn't know this already, I love sparkly foods, and this adjective is the highest honor I can bestow upon a food.

Sunflower seeds to munch on, as well as cheese cubes.

No more sandwhich for lunch, instead I had salad. But dont think iceburg-ranch-and a crouton, more like dark greens, feta cheese, black beans, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, onions and olives.

Hummous to eat would be good and I want some soon.

No candy, no ice cream, no popsicles, and no regular pop!

We had mexican food last night, and while it might not have been on the "diet", what I had was really low glycemic index stuff. Black beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, pinto beans, jalapenos and more diet pop. I had a few tortilla chips but not mountains of them. I passed on the tortilla soft shells and the dessert which the kids enjoyed.

So, now comes my annoying born-again pushy part:

I feel like a new person and it is only day three.
No sleepy feeling after breakfast
No falling over after lunch
No evil mood swings which cause my children to look at me and wonder which mommy they will get this 5 minute interval

No sweats
No shakes
No temper tantrums
No confusion
No nothing, really!

The two greatest things so far:

No feeling like I got hit by a Mack Truck in the morning. My late night carb freakouts were causing my sugar to crash while i slept, making my awakening 7 hours later feel like a herculean task. No more, and this is the greatest gift I can think of. Yeah, it sucked a little when Charlie cried at 5:50 am. But I went and got him, and we went out in the living room, and that was that. I made my pot of black coffee and started up some eggy-wegs for me and him and was a normal girl.

It is 3:40 pm and I have not had ONE episode of hypoglycemia today. Casey left most of his pb+j on white bread on his plate and I did not jam it in my mouth. I put it in a ziploc and poured myself some more lemon water and had a handful of sunflower seeds.

Small victories!


Trish said...

That sounds so wonderful!

I am suddenly feeling the need to pre-make some salads :-) We're taking steps (baby steps) to get to this style of eating.

Black coffee?! It's so funny - I used to drink it black, but now I prefer my sugar-free (read Splenda sweetened) french vanilla cream powdered poison! So hard to give up! Without the powder I prefer tea - but then I get caffeine withdrawl :-(

Anyway, keep up the good work! You are an inspiration!

Kelley said...

Oh bugger, I just left this long comment, and the computer just ate it. Darn. Okay, here I go again.

Yay for you! Kudos on going low glycemic. It feels great, doesn't it?

How would you like me to share a way to make a super fantastic, so-good-you-could-eat-it-every-day, very filling and absolutely delicious salad in less that 5 minutes?

I like to cut up lots of vegetables and keep them in little containers in the fridge - carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, green beans, jicama, radishes, daikon radishes, cauliflower florets, whatever you can think of. I also have soaked almonds (you can soak RAW almonds in water for 8 to 10 hours, or overnight, and they will swell up and get moist and delicious. You can use them in lots of things, and they go great in salads), olives from the olive bar in the health food store (expensive, but I make them go a long way), goat cheese (same as the olives), and sweet pickles (the sweetness goes surprisingly well with the tartness from the olives and cheese). Then I make a dressing from olive oil, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, dried herbs like basil and oregano, and salt and pepper. Then I can pull everything out the fridge, lay down a base of organic lettuce mix (I get mine from Sam's Club at a very reasonable price), and start piling on the toppings. The different tastes and textures are very satisfying, and don't make you feel like you are eating rabbit food. I make a HUGE plate, grab a good book, and can barely finish the salad. Then I feel fantastic and full of energy for the rest of the day. I highly recommend it, and I'd love to hear what you think if you try it.

(Now this time I am going to copy my comment just in case the computer gets hungry again.)

Kelley said...

Yay, it worked!

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Mid-life Midwife said...

you left a comment on my blog the other day, I just bounced over here and realized we had the same wedding anniversary!
Happy 11 years! We just celebrated 12. :)

Housefairy said...

Thanks for the support and the recipe!!! YUM is all I can say.

So cool about our anniversaries--must be a special lucky day! :)

Kelley said...

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it. After writing that to you, I went and bought more goat cheese and olives so I could do it, too. Yummy!

I've missed you, and I was really glad to read that post on your other blog.